England manager Roy Hodgson has given Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere a few stern words this week, following his antics on Arsenal’s open-top bus parade, in which he shouted several expletives while using a microphone.
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As you’ll all be aware of by now, Wilshere received an FA charge over his foul-mouthed chant, which including the taunting of our North London rivals. Unfortunately, it’s not been the first the 23-year-old has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, and Hodgson wants him to clean up his act.
In quotes taken by the Daily Mirror, the Three Lions boss said: “You’re concerned about everything these days. I do wish players would behave in an angelic manner. I’ve been wishing that for 40 years, but I’m coming to terms with the fact they do things that are ill-advised and not the right things to do.
“They often get punished, the FA step forward and make it clear what is unacceptable. I’m hardened to these incidents and don’t get so apoplectic as some people do. I had a little word with him, but I won’t tell you what I said.”
At least Hodgson has refused to single out the Arsenal man. He’s still a relative youngster and is going to make mistakes. While we all hope that he’d keep his name out of the press for his actions off the football pitch, we also know that his somewhat unfair reputation means that any such incidents will be blown well out of proportion.
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He’s hardly the only one to get in trouble for smoking or shouting at fans. As longs as he performs for us next season, this will all quickly blow over and be forgotten.